As Punjab lock horns with Rajasthan, when and where to watch

Kings XI Punjab defeats Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

The Kings XI Punjab were up against the Royal Challengers for the second time in three days and this time, the match was at the home of the Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

Two nights back, Lokesh Rahul was the hero of Kings XI Punjab's stunning win in their run chase as he scored an unbeaten 84 in front of a rousing support at their adopted home in Indore. They are still left with four more games.

For Kings XI Punjab, Rahul played the lone ranger with 95 off 70 balls, his fourth half century of the ongoing league.

R Ashwin, who bowled a lot of spin in the first ten overs of Kings XI's last two games, chose to bowl mostly pace up front on this occasion.

The dream start was provided by Krishnappa Gowtham as the off-spinner sent back the risky Chris Gayle with the first ball of the third over. He also removed KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who promoted himself up the order, two balls later.

RR, who now have three wins from 9 matches, quickly need to start piling on the wins if they want to nurture any ambitions of making the playoffs.

Karun Nair holed out to Unadkat off the bowling of Archer while AD Nath was caught by Gowtham off Ish Sodhi as Punjab were reduced to 45-4 from 14 for no loss.

In an earlier game, Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 runs at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to keep their chances of qualifying in the top 4 alive. Sodhi reaped the benefits of a pitch that was turning like it was set for the fourth day of a Test match, while terrorizing the opposition with the turn, bounce, and precision on his deliveries. This will make the match a tightly contested one, with Punjab looking to go level on points with CSK with a win.

Pacer Andre Tye was the most successful KXIP bowler, returning figures of 4/34, while mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up 2/21 in four overs. First, D'Arcy Short has not been a hit so far in this season.

The wicket usually is a good one for batting, but it can also be tricky at times, where the spinners come into the equation.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Tye, who fooled the batsman with a knuckle ball, inducing an edge to extra cover. They have an odds of 8:11 going into the match while hosts Rajasthan Royals are the favourites to lose with 11:10 odds.

But that was it as RR again went without a boundary for 14 deliveries before Samson produced a flat-batted six off Ashwin, sending the ball over long-off.

48 - Rahul's 48-ball fifty is the joint 2nd slowest fifty in the IPL for Kings XI.

Finally, Buttler's innings came to an end when Mujeeb had him stumped with Royals' score reading 132 for four in the 17th over.

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